Read the memo Amazon exec Jeff Blackburn sent to employees announcing he's leaving the company
(L-R) Actor Casey Affleck with his award for best actor in 'Manchester By The Sea' and Amazon SVP Jeff Blackburn attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. Jeff Blackburn, Amazon's SVP of business and corporate development, is leaving the company after a year-long hiatus, adding to a recent turnover among Amazon's leadership ranks. "I did the Excel models, wrote chunks of the AMZN IPO prospectus, etc.," Blackburn wrote in the memo. In a response to Blackburn's memo, Bezos thanked Blackburn for his more than two decades of leadership and praised him for being "a builder." In late 1996, I was a junior investment banker at Deutsche Bank, assigned to a potential Amazon IPO project.cnbc.com
New this week: 'The White Tiger,' Salt-N-Pepa movie & Rhye
Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. “The White Tiger” shows her acting chops in a way that American productions have thus far failed to. The film, from director Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”), is adapted from Matthew Teague’s Esquire article about his own experience. — AP Film Writer Lindsey BahrMUSIC— After a hectic 2020, all you need is the smooth and soothing sound of Rhye to help you start the new year right. — AP Music Editor Mesfin FekaduTELEVISION— The rise and impact of one of the first female rap groups is dramatized in the Lifetime movie “Salt-N-Pepa” (8 p.m. EST Sunday).
Venice Film Festival unveils selections for September fete
FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 31, 2018 file photo, actress Cate Blanchett poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film 'A Star Is Born' at the 75th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy. The lineup for the Venice Film Festival will be announced on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, and will be the first major film event since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. Barbera noted that almost half of the competition film selections this year are directed by women. The decision to hold the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival is experienced like a sign of confidence in dnd concrete support of the world of film and the audiovisual industry, Barbera said. Cannes and Telluride were cancelled and others like Venice and the Toronto International Film Festival have had to get creative and scale back where possible in order to proceed.
Top Amazon executive Jeff Blackburn, head of entertainment and advertising, is taking a 1-year leave
(L-R) Actor Casey Affleck with his award for best actor in 'Manchester By The Sea' and Amazon SVP Jeff Blackburn attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. Jeff Blackburn, Amazon's SVP of business and corporate development, is taking a one-year leave in 2020, Amazon's representative told CNBC. Blackburn, who joined Amazon in 1998, is one of the most senior executives at the company and a close advisor to CEO Jeff Bezos. He oversees a number of businesses, including Amazon's video streaming and advertising units. "Jeff Blackburn has decided to take a one year sabbatical with his wife and extended family following more than 21 years at Amazon, leading everything from our third party business, to Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Amazon Music, and Amazon Advertising.cnbc.com